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Although Google has morphed from a two-man startup working out of a small garage into a multibillion-dollar company its profile in the nation’s capital has remained almost invisible. That seems about to change, though. Plus: more companies like Google that have stayed away from Capitol Hill; and K Street keeps an eye on the battle for the new House majority leader.
Google Search Although Google has morphed from a two-man startup working out of a small garage into a multibillion-dollar company whose footprint stretches around the globe, its profile in the nation’s capital has remained almost invisible. That seems about to change, though. • Like Google, They Stay Out of D.C. Keeping Congress at arm’s length might not seem like wise business judgment. Most companies are only too glad to make their case on Capitol Hill and to ply lawmakers with pricey meals and lavish campaign contributions. But others, such as Google, have stayed largely immune from Potomac fever. • K Street Keeps Eyes on Leadership Battle With K Street regarding the reform agenda as separate from the race to replace Tom DeLay, lobbyists are pledging support as per usual. And while none of the candidates can boast the K Street connections of DeLay, Roy Blunt has gained the most support among the candidates. • Off the Record Eliot Engel takes on “The Colbert Report,” year-end filings from lobby shops across Washington are starting to trickle in to the Foreign Agent Registration Act office, and other news from K Street. • Job Tracker A roundup of the latest job changes in the lobbying world, from turns of the revolving door to moves between firms. • K Street Monitor Click through to the database of registrations filed by lobbyists with the secretary of the Senate and the clerk of the House.

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